Friday, March 28, 2008

Seattle Part 2: Shopping

I didn't realize exactly how much stuff I bought on my trip until I started photographing everything. The important thing is...I didn't go over my weight allowance for luggage, thank goodness. There was a moment when the scale started fluctuating that I thought we might have to pay. These pictures don't even show everything I purchased. I may have to resort to uploading pictures to Flickr.

As I said earlier, Lizzie doesn't like to shop. She's definitely not a browser and neither is Javier. I, on the other hand, am most definitely a browser. I like to take my time and consider my purchases. I enjoy window shopping, so frequently I don't even buy anything, which really frustrates them both. So one afternoon, we parted ways--Javier & Lizzie to a movie and the games arcade, me to any number of boutiques and stores.

My undoing was the Japanese bookstore, Kunokuniya. I was so excited I thought I was going to throw up. This is not an exaggeration. I went in and stopped at the display of craft books. I thought, okay I'll pick out one or two, no problem. Then I discovered the whole craft book SECTION. It almost blew my mind. 

Daiso was another of my favourite places. I love, love, love regular dollar stores. I could spend hours in my local Dollar Giant imagining what I could do with all sorts of stuff. This place was incredible. I bought paper clips and scissors and fun little packages of kleenix. I keep stocking up on stationery supplies, which is great, though Javier just reminded me that I only have 2 more semesters of school so maybe I don't need it all. Nah, I definitely
need everything.

What will I do with 7 pairs of chopsticks? I see lots of Asian cuisine in our future.
There was no way I was leaving without one of these cute little bento lunchboxes. Actually, I bought two!

I've been looking for a cookie jar for ages. I found this owl in Urban Outfitters. I hated the idea of bringing back something so fragile, but he was desperate to come home with me. How could I deny the little guy? Although he's becoming quite demanding about homemade cookies!

I also added to my growing collection of monuments. So far I have two Eiffel Towers and now a wee Space Needle.

I had so much fun and I didn't spend, er,  that much money. And everything was completely necessary, right? I also stopped at the yarn store and the fabric store for some supplies. There are lots more small things that I just had to get you know and I haven't posted here, plus many more stores I wanted to visit. Oh well, I'll just have to go back again. 

For the time being I have enough books to give me inspiration for years, so I'm putting my self on a book/magazine diet, which should make Javier quite happy. We'll see how long that lasts!


MJ said...

Good job! At least you purchased items that you might use! They may not appreciate all your browsing but it was your vacation too! Going your separate ways to accommodate different interests is a great idea that I may have to use later...

clarabelle said...

What a haul - I LOVE the chopsticks, I like using chopsticks even at home. I recentlay came back from the US and DID go over my baggage allowance - EEK! Had to pay $50 but it was worth it. My friend had given me a load of candles so you can imagine the weight of those lol.
Take Care and Thanks for reading my blog and the comments. I have link you, as I like visiting your blog too
Clare x

Tara said...

I am curious to see where those chopsticks will end up! Hee-hee! Great finds for family doesn't always have the patience either but you have to follow your gut!

Becky said...

I would have been so excited to see a book store like Kunokuniya. I am always debating over whether I should spend money on some of these cool Japanese books because I can't see them up close and personal. Looks like you had fun!

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